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The Jets just went to down to the wire with Detroit, Cleveland, and Houston in their last three games. If you want to go back five games, they lost to Green Bay, and went down to the wire with Denver too.
While there is no doubting the Jets offense can get it done late in games, there are doubts about that defense. Many times this season the Jets defense has fallen apart in the second half, allowing teams to come back and make games interesting.
The Jets have been slow starters all year, and so have the Bengals. The Bengals have dug themselves into holes against many top teams, only to come roaring back late, but often just falling short.
That is, until last week, when they got off to a flying start against Buffalo only to suffer an epic collapse.
But the fact is, eventually the Bengals put it together and score points. While the Jets offense has proven they can get it done when it matter late, they have also proven that they could make bad defenses look good. The Jets struggled against Houston's 32nd ranked pass defense, only taking advantage of how bad it is at the very end.
Furthermore, if your a Jets fan do you really want to win this game? Obviously you want to win every game, but the long term consequences could be harsh. When you have a big-time trash talking head coach you are going to create a lot of enemies, and the Jets have done just that this season.
After every narrow win over inferior opponents, the Jets haters come out and talk down the Jets, saying even though they're 8-2 they are struggling to beat bad teams. They will then point to the losses against Green Bay and Baltimore and say, when you play good teams, you lose.
In Week 13 the Jets face the Patriots in a game that could decide who will win the AFC East.
The losses to Baltimore and Green Bay both have the same thing in common. Baltimore was Week 1, Green Bay was the week after the Jets bye week. For both of these games the Jets were coming off highs and had extra time to prepare. Baltimore followed a run to the AFC Championship game, Green Bay came after a five game win streak.
With the extra time to prepare, the Jets coaches seemed like they were getting a little bit too fancy, breaking away from their usual simple game-plans. The results were the Jets losing both games, but only being out-scored 19-9 during those two games.
If the Jets beat the Bengals, they will have won four in a row and have 11 days to get ready for New England. The chances over-preparing will be sky-high.
I definitely want the Jets to win, and New England will have 11 days of rest also, but the Jets coaches should be skeptical about making crazy changes to the Jets game-plan.